Derby Day Cocktail-in-a-Cube

Gelatin shots may seem so freshman year, but sophisticated versions are back with a vengeance. If it's a cocktail, you likely can find it in jelly-fied form. We especially love this stylish Southern take on the classic Derby Day drink. You can make it up to a week ahead and garnish just before serving. Best of all, you don't need silver julep cups for a sophisticated presentation.

Mint Julep Gelées
Mint Julep GeléesMint Julep GeléesIngredients
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 cups cold water
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup bourbon
Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, coarse sparkling sugar

Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a medium saucepan. Let stand 5 minutes. Add mint leaves and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until steaming. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove and discard mint leaves. Stir in bourbon. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Chill 4 hours to 1 week. Cut into squares. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and coarse sparkling sugar.

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